Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I cringe at the idea of going into sales, such as Mary Kay, Papered Chef, and so on. I just am not good at trying to convince someone they should buy something from me. I love to buy the stuff myself, but am not the kind of person who can attract people and get them to make a purchase from me.
I have done child care and I know I can easily get back into it with my experience, but I'm keeping that as a last resort. I feel that fewer and fewer centers are in it to take care of children as much as they are to get money. I also end up burning up all my patience on other peoples' children leaving me little to none for my own family...very unfair.
I have also done substituting, but due to keeping boundaries, I prefer not to sub in my children's school district. This limits the age I can teach to high schoolers. And being in these large districts I've discovered that I don't care for teaching the older kids unless I can get a fine arts class. The vulgarity and disrespect I get is more than I can handle. School districts are too scared to be sued for anything and everything anymore that the kids get away with pretty much anything. (I miss subing in the country school in East TX. I loved going there).
So that's where I stand. Anyone have any suggestions? I could really use the help!!
*Dusty gave me a fabulous idea, but it reminded me of some limitations I forgot to mention. Due to the tumor I had, I now have some balance issues. I often stumble. I can usually keep myself from falling, but it does leave problems of spilling. I'm no where near as bad as I use to be, but when allergies flare so does this problem. Also, a side effect from the removal of the tumor is my left hand will be put in a position when holding/carrying things that causes it to shake uncontrollably. This may better explain my help on ideas. Thank you so much for yours Dusty!!*
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is a photo of Michael. He is now a member of our family. As of June he is married to Larry's cousin Vicki's daughter, Staci. This photo was taken back in April of '08. When we were all out partying a few weeks before Casey and Lia's wedding. Sort of a joint bachelor/bachelorate party.
Michael is a super sweet guy that is a fabulous addition to our family. Him and Staci live about a mile from us, and we never see them it seems like. Isn't that how it always works...the closer you live to family, the less you see them! We've got to fix that guys!
Anyway, thought that was a fun and inspiring idea, now let's see if I can make it last!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
First, here is a picture of the teacher gifts I made for Holly's 6 teachers and her bus driver
Van after one night.
Santa's reindeer sculpted out of ice.
Our wilderness family
Going for a ride in Santa's ice sleigh.
Just plain cool!
The Gondola's we road in up Keystone mountain
At the top. Could see Breckenridge from the top too.
Me and Haylee
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
While he was gone, in the evenings he was looking for a new family car for us. With his hunting I was able to pick him up in our new '06 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Edition. It was a deal we couldn't pass up. Worth way more than we paid...has so many bells and whistles, and still looks brand new with under 30,000 miles. I miss the extra room the van had for the girls, but this still fits us fabulously and is more my style. I am most proud because the decision was ultimately up to me. I've never done that before. My dad was there to help most of the way, but my mom and I did the initial viewing of it, and I got the official ball rolling on weather or not to purchase, and made the final decisions...woohoo!
Today was inauguration day. I got up early to get ready to go with Larry to work. (It was also appointment day with his Neurologist. But more on that in a bit). So after getting out of the shower, I turned on the news as normal to find out the weather and hear the plan for the big day. I also got to hear a lot of little facts which I greatly enjoy, such as President Obama was to be sworn in on the same Bible used in the swearing in of President Lincoln...so cool!! Had to share this info with Holly and came to learn she hasn't absorbed as much as I had hoped on Lincoln (one of my fav presidents to learn about). She also didn't quite understand the huge importance of this day (I had a hard time deciding on which candidate I felt was best for our country, but knew I would support whoever ended up winning). I really wanted her to soak this day in because I know the day will come when she will hear "Mommy/Grandma, what were you doing/how old were you/what grade were you in when the first African-American became president?" And who knows what else she may be asked depending on what happens in the next 4-8 years. I think I did pretty good because when she got on the bus she was fairly excited about the day. And her first words coming in were to confirm what I thought, that she would get to watch it happen on T.V. in class.
Larry's appointment at the Neurologist went well. She is happy with the results so far with the medicine. She was able to answer a number of new questions we had. And due to some better describing of Larry's migraine symptoms, she wants to do a 48hr EEG on him to check out other possible problems. He will be doing this the first weekend in February. Not much to it. He will just have to stay home all weekend and watch T.V. and rest...oh pooh who wants a good reason to veg?! We are both really pleased with her. She explains things well, listens well, is quick to check everything she thinks should be checked, and is happy to help in all areas needed including making sure work takes Larry seriously when he informs them he has a migraine of has to go to an appointment.
The year is beginning to take a turn for the better, now to just pray that the results of this test are good. Would love to find nothing, but if something is found, for it not to be serious and for it to easily be fixed. We already know from his MRI no tumors (guess one family member with extra in their head is enough...hehe).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So after night one of rough sleep I wimped out and slept an hour later deciding when the alarm when off I would just drive Holly in.
After night two I got her up in time and on the bus. Then came in and went back to bed. I wasted the morning, and ended up vegging most of the day only doing small chores here and there. So no good project progress.
I had to have a better morning this time because I am headed about 60 miles to go look at a car at a dealership we have been talking to (I think I failed to mention that the van was declared totaled). I am not looking forward to doing this without Larry. I mainly just have to check and make sure it is in decent shape for us to continue our interest in it. I refuse to test drive anything (especially with 4x4), so Larry will do that when he returns as long as I approve of everything else. So again no good project progress today.
So in preparation for a better night I had a nice long bubble bath to relax, and planned to go to bed earlier. The earlier didn't happen, but I do feel much better this morning.
OK, enough rambling...on with the day.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Holly and I spent yesterday doing some spending on our gift cards. I still had a little over half of the $40 on my Joann's card after getting 7 skeins of yarn the other week so I got 2 more skeins, 13 different fabrics, and a package of pastel junior mints (never seen them in pastels before), and I still have $3! I love sales at this time of year!
I am feeling much better now. I think the cold left recently and I've actually been fighting allergies for the last few days. I'm having a ton of drainage in my throat (if you wanted to know) and am so tired of clearing my throat. I realized today I haven't been drinking water lately like I normally do and that may have a lot to do with not clearing out like I should.
Well back to my projects. I will try and get those pictures up soon!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
So no more of that stuff till bed time for me! Hopefully he'll remember the other today, or I'll go pick some up while I'm getting his prescriptions refilled tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I updated my myspace. Not hard. Just changed my background, updated my status, and uploaded some pics. Also sent message out to a neglected friend, sorry Tina!!
It probably will have to be next week when I get totally updated on blog land. So much still to read, and feeling rushed I can't enjoy my time on here catching up on everyone's holiday's and trips.
I will post pictures next week on here. I will put most on my flicker account I finally made since there are so many, and just put some special ones on here.
Here is a new family pic for you though from the trip.
We took a bunch and I have to choose one though to send in cards. Holidays were so busy and I didn't have a good recent family pic, so I decided we'd take one on the trip and I'd send out ones after the new year. I figure that would be fun for people to get a card in the mail when fun mail is so rare again and all anyone is getting is bills.
I will write about the trip and Christmas next week. Let me give a few details of what has been happening since the new year.
1. Our van was stolen on new year's. It was found yesterday, but looks like some little punks are the ones who got it. The seat behind the driver's was burned. They didn't have the windows down so it smothered it's self out before it got too far. Larry said the windows are black and they are going to have to gut it and redo the a/c too if there is any hope of getting the smell out. I fear there is no way to get the smell out and I fear having to continue making payments on something disgusting that there is no way we could trade in for something new...guess we'll just have to keep fingers crossed all goes well.
2. I ended up getting a super bad cold the day we got back from our trip. And it's STILL holding on. Larry got it on Sunday, but he seems to be getting over it much quicker. He said he will bring back the medicine we bought him from work, and wants me to take that kind instead to see if it helps me.
3. My youth minister's wife passed away on the 3rd. She had been battling bone cancer for about 16 months. She had a super rough time with it, but was always strong in her spirit and faith which makes her passing a bit of a shock. Her memorial service was yesterday, and it was proof what a wonderful woman she was and what a fabulous family she has. The church was just as full as it is on the holidays, and the parking lot was more full than ever. It over flowed into the daycare across the street, and into the streets all around.
I will leave it at that for now though and get some stuff done around the house and get a few groceries.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Hope everyone had a great holiday season, and I'll slowly get all caught up. And hopefully I'll get my posts up soon...some fun snow filled pics to come!